Rihanna is notorious for being an inclusive and woke icon, so fans were heartbroken when they felt she appropriated Chinese culture on a recent magazine cover. But upon closer review, others weren't so sure it was appropriation at all.
Unfortunately, the artist has been called out for appropriating Asian cultures before, so the Harper's Bazaar China magazine cover was an even more sensitive subject.
Cultural appropriation is sometimes a tricky subject and not always easily determined. When a majority group takes on a culture for their own personal gain, then appropriation is evident. But because Rihanna worked with a team from China on this Chinese publication, some argued that it was appreciation instead. Ultimately, what's important is listening to marginalized groups when they feel something is insensitive.